Asian American Studies

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Student Organization Advising

AAS faculty is equally committed to serving student organizations as their faculty advisors. The following official student organizations on campus have AAS faculty advisors.

Alpha Kappa Omicron Sorority—Eric Pido
Alpha Kappa Omicron Sorority (AKO) is a Pilipino American sorority based on the history, traditions, and culture of the Philippines. This sorority is dedicated to the development of community awareness, self-empowerment, and academic excellence. Each Individual is enriched through community involvement, strong leadership, and achieved success in a higher educational system. A Sisterhood dedicated to making the lessons learned today, helpful tools for tomorrow with one mission, one vision, one Sisterhood.


Alpha Phi Omega, Mu Zeta Chapter—Lorraine Dong and Jonathan Lee
Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-ed community service fraternity that has set the standard for college campus-based volunteerism since 1925. We have active chapters on over 350 campuses, and we strive to help each individual member develop leadership skills, experience friendship on many levels, and provide service to others. Our most basic, yet most demanding responsibility is providing volunteer service to community based organizations: Glide Memorial Church, Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Habitat For Humanity, Academy of Friends, International Childrens Games, Friends of the Urban Forest, Breast Cancer Walks, etc.

Asian American Christian Fellowship—Russell Jeung
The mission of Asian American Christian Fellowship is to reach into the university and collegiate community, primarily to those who are Asian Pacific Americans, with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Asian Student Union (ASU)—Lorraine Dong, Russell Jeung, and Wesley Ueunten
Mission: Our mission is to assist the Asian American community by providing individuals with the tools, knowledge and leadership abilities to enact positive change within the community. We strive to bring awareness of the many Asian American struggles to the public eye. We also believe that a comfortable and fun teamwork environment stimulates learning ability and desire to aid the community. Building friendships and providing networking abilities are essential as we venture out into the world.

Chi Rho Omicron (XPO), Inc.—Daniel Phil Gonzales
The Chi Rho Omicron Beta Chapter was established at San Francisco State University in 1996.

Hmong Student Association (HSA)—Isabelle Pelaud and Wesley Ueunten
The Hmong Student Association at San Francisco State University was initiated in early 2009. Located at the birth of Ethnic Studies, HSA sets out to practice the agency granted as a result of the struggles of the Third World Liberation Front during the San Francisco State Strike of 1968-69. With its mission to build community and promote cultural awareness about the Hmong, HSA also sets out to create a safe and culturally stimulating learning environment for current and forthcoming students while providing them with social and academic support.

Kappa Psi Epsilon (KPE)—Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
Established at SFSU on March 13, 1999, Kappa Psi Epsilon is NOT your typical sorority. Our sisters strive to succeed in academics, enrich themselves as well as others in culture, work actively in the community, and build relationships with organizations and community members while maintaining the strong foundation of sisterhood that our founding mothers have laid for us. We are a Pilipina-based sorority who takes pride in empowering women and promoting our motto “Find Your Inner Strength” because, only after finding this strength, can we truly find our place in the community we serve.

Korean Student Association (KSA)—Grace Yoo
We are an open student organization on campus that focuses on promoting Korean culture and bringing awareness about issues going on in the Korean American community to anyone interested in Korean culture, language, and traditions.

League of Filipino Students (LFS)—Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
The League of Filipino Students at SFSU focuses to deepen our understanding of the concrete connections between Filipinos in the United States and in the Homeland by studying and propagating the rich and proud revolutionary heritage of our People’s continuing struggle for liberation and National Democracy. We take it upon ourselves as youth and students to renew our Filipino culture and history, define our present situation as Filipinos all over the world, come to a proper understanding of how to remedy our current condition, and take action.

Pakistani Student Association (PSA)—Anantha Sudhakar
We, the Pakistani Students at San Francisco State University, established the Pakistani Student Association to increase awareness about social, political, cultural, and economic aspects about the country of Pakistan.

Phi Gamma Chi Sorority —Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales
We’re a sorority that strives to create a foundation in which every sister realizes the unlimited achievements and opportunities that life has to offer. This unique sorority strengthens its members by offering ways to better understand themselves and all they can become. The sorority maintains focus on the attributes of Stability, Survival, and Sisterhood in order to achieve success within the individual, organization, and community.

Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE)—Daniel Phil Gonzales and Eric J. Pido
In 1967, amidst the political and social consciousness sweeping the nation, Pat Salaver sought the aid of Pilipinos at then, San Francisco State College (SFSC) to arouse awareness and address the problems facing the Pilipino American Community. Under the guidance of Pat Salaver and original members Bob Ilumin, Ronald Quidachay, Orvy Jundis, and Alex Soria, PACE, initially called Philippine American Collegiate Endeavor, was established. Soon after the formation of PACE, in unison with other organizations of color, students at SF State worked to create the Third World Liberation Front (TWLF). Through this coalition and help from outside progressive organizations and faculty, the TWLF moved for reform in the academic curriculum of the college. A shutdown of SFSC soon followed, the longest student strike and known as the 1968-69 SF Student Strike was in effect. Programs benefiting low-income and minority students like EOP and SAA were some of the rewards organizers gained from the strike. The movement’s greatest legacy, however, was the nation’s first and only School of ETHNIC STUDIES. For 44 years, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor continues the legacy of our founders, addressing issues that affect the Pilipino American community, educating members about Pilipino culture and history, and providing academic support both at the high school and college level. We offer and organize different programs through our various departments, encouraging interaction within our community. PACE is a safe space to learn and educate others about pride in our majestic Pilipino culture and community. The Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor welcomes everyone in the SFSU community; the world challenges you to learn about yourself and your history.

South East Asian Student Association (SEASA)—Jonathan Lee
The South East Asian Student Association at San Francisco State University exists for the betterment of the Associated Students, San Francisco State University, as a whole. The purpose of this organization is to unite South East Asian Students to create a voice on campus, preserve our rich cultures, and bring about social change in our communities by: (1) involving ourselves in the community for support; (b) create visibility of cultural, historical, and social awareness at SFSU and in the surrounding area; (c) network with Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese, and other South East Asians, as well as those interested at SFSU and in the community.

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